Touring the Highlands Ranch Mansion

Touring the Highlands Ranch Mansion

Touring the Highlands Ranch Mansion

Hidden from the highway, the Highlands Ranch Mansion is a less discovered part of Colorado. A property so opulent you will find 14 bedrooms, a ballroom, billiard room, butler’s pantry and even a library. Built in the 1890′s, the home has seen many different families, including John W. Springer, Waite Phillips, Frank E. Kistler and Lawrence Phipps. The Mansion, now used for specials events is also open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Explore the uniquely decorated rooms, lounge in the library, or walk through the beautiful lawns and the gazebo, that overlooks the mountain to the west. Docents are also available to dive into this history of the grand estate.

9950 E Gateway Dr. Highlands Ranch, CO 80126



Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Opens New Portion of the Caves



The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is showing off new portions of the cave that have been closed to the public until now. A 50-minute tour inside the Historic Fairy Caves winds through incredible formations including cave bacon, soda straws and cave popcorn. Also expect a stop at Exclamation Point where views overlook the Roaring Fork Valley. While you are on the mountain, also check out the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, Giant Canyon Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Ride.

Carri Wilbanks with owner of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Steve Beckley.

Carri Wilbanks with owner of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Steve Beckley.

Cave History: When tourists first started visiting the caves 118 years ago, the only way to the top of Iron Horse Mountain was by foot or horse and carriage. The steep hike didn’t curtail excitement to see the natural wonders deep inside the mountain. Still, there wasn’t enough hype for Glenwood Springs City Leaders to invest in the caves. After the owners of the cave passed away, the caves were neglected. The entrance crumbled and electric wiring and lights were broken and removed. The only people visiting were vandals and cavers curious to explore the magnificence.

Inside the caves at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Inside the caves at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Steve and Jeanne Beckley also visited the caves in 1992, after a decade of persuading the owner to allow them inside. “I sent out so many letters hoping we could take a look. Many were returned to sender. The owner at the time wasn’t even reading my letters! But I kept trying and bugged him enough that he finally let us come check it out.” After purchasing the caves, their dreams were realized and they opened the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in 1999. Now 14 years later, the two enjoy sharing the caves and park with travelers from across the world.

Fabulous tour guides provide 50 min tours inside the fairy caves

Fabulous tour guides provide 50 min tours inside the fairy caves

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park 

51000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone:(800) 530-1635

Tentiko Brings Unique Experiences to Denver


The tour group, Tentiko recently took groups to the 3D Printing Store in Denver, Colorado for an up-close look at technology that is revolutionizing the world. Curiosity seekers were able to talk with the owner of the store and watch as different objects were printed layer by layer. Tentiko co-founders, Cyd Crouse and Jim Chesebro, started Tentiko with the idea that people are looking for interaction over materialism.

Carri: How did you come up the idea for Tentiko?

Jim: I had the idea for Tentiko a couple of years ago. I was buying less “stuff” as a result of the economic/cultural shifts. I wanted to create memories for me and my family and I couldn’t do that if I spent all my money buying the next cool gadget. I really felt that I wasn’t alone and other people I knew were more in to experiences than stuff. So it seemed like there was an opportunity because there wasn’t a single place I could go to buy experiences. At least not ones that were local, authentic and affordable!

I was also influenced by Rachel Botsman’s book “What’s Mine is Yours” and the collaborative consumption movement. Basically, the premise is that we have all of these barely used assets lying around the house and that we can sell access to those things (car sharing, AirBnB, etc). I loved those ideas and starting thinking about what other under used assets people had that they could sell to make a second income. I started thinking that they could sell their knowledge, passion and expertise in the form of “experiences” that they could craft for other people to buy.

That’s about as far as I got with the idea before running it past Cyd, who started helping me answer the question of “How to make it happen?”. We agreed that it was an idea worth pursuing and we’ve been working on it since.

Carri: What makes for a successful experience?

Jim: First, the experience really has to be something special. Something that our guests will remember and tell ten of their friends about. Basically, our goal is to create awesome memories for our guests. When we do that, they come back and tell their friends. Creating the special experience can take a lot of different forms, but the hosts have to be awesome (unique, passionate, creative, knowledgeable) and the experience has to give people something special like access to people or places they don’t normally have access to. The great thing is that Denver is filled with the unique individuals that we’re looking for and they are excited to offer a Tentiko experience.

Carri: What is the significance of the the name Tentiko?

Jim: Our name comes from the Papiamentu word for authentic. Papiamentu (or Papiamento), spoken on the island of Curacao, is a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, and it also has some Arawak Indian and African influences. Papiamentu is one of the few Creole Languages of the Caribbean that has survived to the present day.  One of our founders lives on Curacao and was studying the language when we were creating the company.

Outéntiko means authentic. We loved the word, but it seemed like a mouthful. We shortened it a little and fell in love.

That’s how we became Tentiko.  (pronounced ten·tee·ko)

Click here to check out upcoming experiences- including rock climbing, farm and creamery tours and even mixolgy classes.

Carri also caught a sausage making experience with Tentiko with Chef Mark Mark DeNittis/


Jim Chesebro, Co-founder of Tentiko
Jim Chesebro, Co-founder of Tentiko
Cyd Crouse, Co-founder of Tentiko
Cyd Crouse, Co-founder of Tentiko





Aspen Summer Line-Up!


Headed to Aspen this summer? Well, after seeing this line-up of cultural events and outdoor activities you will want to head West to the Roaring Fork Valley!

1. Outdoor Plays by Theatre Aspen

Enjoy an outdoor play or musical with Theater Aspen

Enjoy an outdoor play or musical with Theater Aspen

Talk about a unique theater experience- Theatre Aspen’s shows are staged at beautiful Rio Grande Park, just steps off Main Street. Imagine a backdrop of Apsen Mountain and nights dotted with starts, all the while watching Broadway actors as well as local talent put on a tremendous show. Coming up this summer:

Les Misérables: June 21 – Aug 17

Fully Committed July 5 – Aug 15

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – July 11 – Aug 17

Theatre Aspen

110 E Hallam St Aspen, CO 81611

(970) 925-9313

2. Adrenlaine Rush With Blazing Adventures

Discover Adrenaline with Blazing Adventures

Discover Adrenaline with Blazing Adventures

Keywords here: Rafting, Inflatable Kayaks, Hikinh Jeeping and Hiking. Here are three trips offered from this outdoor adventure company.

  • Whiskey River: Get ready to get whisked away on this trip down the Middle Roaring Fork. Take the trip in either a ducky or raft, followed by a stop at the Woody Creek Distilliery for a tasting of locally made spirits. Available Tuesdays & Fridays. Cost: Ducky’s: $112.50 per person. Rafts: $112.50 per person
  • Cathederal Lake Hike-  Trek to a stunning spot with a guide to a lake which is named for its unique feature of a cathedral stone wall. Round trip distance: 6 miles. Cost: $98.50 per person, includes lunch.
  • Standup Paddle Board Tours- Learn the latest way to ride the waves. Instructors will teach you skills such as balance, paddling techniques and safety moves. Extra plus: expect a great core workout! Trip finishes with a riveside BBQ lunch at a private river park near the Glenwood Canyon. Cost $158.50 per person. Icludes lunch, rentals of wetsuit, booties, helmet and needed gear.

Blazing Adventures

(970) 923-4544

3.Discover Culture at Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum continuously rotates contemporary art from artists from around the world. Head here to check out a few of the innovative exhibitions of the summer:

  • Rob Pruitt:An American Folk Artist. Artist Rob Pruitt is not afraid to take risks with art. Experimenting with popular culture, his art playfully satirizes the art world as well as celebrity and popular culture. t. May 3- July 14, 2013
  • Lorna Simpson: Works on Paper. Through drawings and collages, this artist examines ways gender and culture shape the experience of life in our contemporary multiracial society. July 26- September 22, 2013

Aspen Art Museum

590 North Mill Street

Aspen, CO 81611

(970) 925.8050

4.Connect with History at Aspen Historial Society

Wheeler Stallard Museum

Wheeler Stallard Museum

Navigate four centuries of American history- experiencing both joys and hardships of the past. Through maps, video clips, music and artifacts you will learn about the personal paths of immigrants, slaves, explorers and business tycoons to learn how we have landed at this very moment of history. (June 4 – July 10)

Learn the history of this 1888 Queen Anne style built by Jerome Wheeler. Inside you can find- Seasons of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People. The exhibit explores the past and present of Native Americans in the American West. The exhibit journies through the loss of their culture, territory, language and forced assimilation and their position in the world today. Open Tues. – Sat. 1 – 5pm. $6 adults, $5 seniors (admission fee also includes the Holden/Marolt Museum) Children under 12 Free.

5. Aspen Historial Society

620 W Bleeker St Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-3721

6. Step into Nature with Aces (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies)

Learn about ecology, natural history and stewardship. Here is the line up of ongoing programs:

Starting on June 15- travel along mountain streams, over ridgelines, and through beautiful valleys with ACES’ naturalists. Options include:

  • Aspen Mountain: tours offered daily on the hour from 10 am to 3 pm. Meet at the top

of the Aspen Mountain gondola.

Discovery Center in the Snowmass Village Mall.

the Maroon Lake information center.

This hike has it all: explore the historic silver mining ghost town of Ashcroft and wander up along Castle Creekon this a 3.5 mile roundtrip hike. Includes a gourmet lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse.. $75 includes tour and lunch. (Unless ordering a la carte for $38).

Looking for Aspen activities on your own schedule? Hire an ACES Naturalist Guide, available by the hour, to lead you on adventures. Locations include: Independence Pass, Lost Man Lake, American Lake, Cathedral Lake and Weller Lake. ACES can provide transportation and will even pick up snacks and lunch. Basic fees for private, guided hikes are $50/hr per guide. Please call Jim Kravitz at 925-5756 x103 for more information and to reserve your guide or click here.





Women’s Social Tour Beaver Creek

Women's Social Tours at Beaver Creek are a sure-fire way to make new friends and network on the mountain.

Women’s Social Tours at Beaver Creek are a sure-fire way to make new friends and network on the mountain.

For an experience unique to Beaver Creek, hop on a Women’s Social Tour.Led by ski school ambassadors, get ready to traverse the mountain with plenty of insider tips along the way. Get the locals perspective on everything from the best ways to avoid lift lines, where to find the best snow and the places with the tastiest grub. You may even pick up a few ski tips along the way! And because you’re skiing with an instructor, you can eliminate lines by zipping through “ski school” lift lines. “These tours can make women feel more comfortable. This way they don’t have to carry a map around and can ski with people who know the mountain,” says Ski School Instructor, Laurie Gongaware. On average, there are 9 to 20 people on the tours. Beaver Creek stirred up the idea as a way to promote something so important to this classic mountain town-community. “This is such a great way to meet new people. I have seen women go to lunch after, exchange cards and ski together the rest of the day,” says Hughes.

The two-hour tours meet at the base of the Centennial chair lift at 10 a.m. Tuesday- Friday. The tours change daily, so don’t limit yourself to just one! Recommended for intermediate skiers, includes a goodie bag and complimentary cocoa during the tour.